Click to read Block Grants Were THE Solution to Welfare Reform


The Carleson Center for Welfare Reform, at the request of members of Congress, helped develop legislative models to return two categories of welfare programs to the states as block grants consistent with the reform plan proposed by the Carleson Center. Those two models were introduced as bills in the last Congress (HR 4160 and HR 6567) and again in the current 113th Congress as:

  • HR 567, the State Health Flexibility Act of 2012, introduced by Rep. Rokita in the U.S. House on February 6, 2013, which would combine Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) into a single block grant to the states directly from the U.S. Treasury; and,
  • HR 1355, the State Nutrition Assistance Flexibility Act, introduced by Rep. Huelskamp on March 23, 2013, which would combine the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Community Food Projects, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) into a single block grant sent to the states directly from the Secretary of the Treasury.